6 days in Ames & Columbus Itinerary

6 days in Ames & Columbus Itinerary

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Fly to Des Moines International Airport, Drive to Ames
— 1 night
Drive to Des Moines International Airport, Fly to Columbus
— 2 nights



— 1 night
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. On the 19th (Sun), gain insight at Iowa State University. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Oaks Recreation and then take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ames itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ames is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Ames is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Ames: highs are around 1°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Columbus.

Things to do in Ames

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip


— 2 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): walk around Scioto Mile, then examine the collection at The Museum of Catholic Art and History, and then sample some tasty brews at Pedal Wagon Columbus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Ohio Statehouse, then view the masterpieces at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and then wander the streets of Easton Town Center.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ames to Columbus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ames in December: high temperatures in Columbus hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Columbus

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods